Despite Stand Your Ground Laws and/or Castle Doctrine sometimes the best Active Self Protection is to do what this guy did! The end made me laugh, even if it’s something I can’t commend or recommend. How would you have protected yourself from this kind of armed robbery?
Original video: http://get-asp.com/ihi9
How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?
1. This man was engrossed in his mobile phone, and the armed robbery might have started because they saw he was unaware. Your mobile phone is a useful tool but a dangerous one. It can be used to communicate, to get emergency help to you, and to avoid problems altogether in numerous ways. It can also be a very dangerous distraction, because it is designed purposefully to grasp our undivided attention and hold it. When in public, use your mobile sparingly and correctly. Don’t allow it to hold your attention for more than 20-30 seconds at a time, and hold it high so that your head is up and you can see past it to what is going on around you.
2. A sidewalk next to the street is a transitional spaces and transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. The sidewalk qualifies! (One of my mentors, Skip Hancock, and I talked about sidewalks as transitional spaces at length, and his argument that they meet the definition is compelling to me) This works in hand with point 1, that you must be ready to protect yourself at all times.
3. This man ran away from the armed robbery, and I think that was a great choice. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders.
4. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This intended victim waited until he had an opening, then ran like his life depended on it. If you can escape an armed robbery by running away, do so! And to do so, sometimes you have to wait for your opportunity.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)